Comfort Inn & Suites Sombrero
288-292 Main North Rd
Adelaide, SA 5082
Phone: (61) 8 82693655
Fax: (61) 8 83445642
A brewery which aims to produce the country's best brews, Coopers Brewery Adelaide is famous for its fine ales. A venture started by Thomas Cooper who used to deliver his products by horse and cart, the brewery is now run by his sons. Special tours of the brewery are also available from Tuesday to Friday where one can discover the entire process of producing beer.
Standing proudly amongst other fine architectural houses and businesses of times gone by, the North Adelaide Baptist Church a 130-year-old heritage listed Church building has a character all of its own. A large, square yet rounded building extends back from the street frontage and is quite striking to the eye. The interior is no less impressive with regard to early Church design and structure. The Baptist congregation of North Adelaide call this church home.
Clearly suggestive of French Gothic architecture, St. Peter's Cathedral spires tower above the surrounding parklands. Famous for its romantic, English cathedral organ, Saint Peter's is equally renowned for its bells and wonderful examples of stained glass window. This is a must see for any reason be it art, design or a majestic praying environment. Regular guided tours are available. The cathedral shop is open daily for gifts, books, postcards and memorabilia.
Back in 1836, surveyor general Colonel William Light designed a layout for the embryonic township of Adelaide. His vision was of a capital city for the freely settled colony of South Australia. Today, a bronze statue of Light still stands on Montefiore Hill and peers down over the ever-changing cityscape of Adelaide. In his journal of 1839, Light wrote "I leave it to posterity to decide whether I am entitled to praise or to blame." Now, it is clear the good colonel rests peacefully in his grave.
South of the Botanic Garden perimeter fence lies the spacious Botanic Park, a favorite spot for picnics and cricket with the kids. Tranquil, open spaces lend the park a lazy Sunday feel, like summer is here to stay. And under the canopy of shady plane trees and mighty figs, what better place than this to throw down a rug and share out the cold-cuts? On less lazy days, the park may host corporate functions or events like the ethnic-music extravaganza of Womadelaide.
Established in 1883,Adelaide Zoological Gardens is the second oldest in Australia. Located adjacent to Torrens Lake and Botanic Park the zoo's lush mature gardens, heritage buildings and tranquil setting contribute to a delightful day's outing. The zoo's collection is diverse and continually changing and for the kids there are lawns to play on secret paths to explore and a children's zoo. You can dine at the "Lyrebird Cafe," stop for a snack at the kiosk, or simply bring a picnic lunch to enjoy under the canopy of a shady tree.
Bordering the city of Adelaide this river is very important, the River Torrens has been a major landmark and even a hot spot for events in the city. The river gets its name from Colonel Robert Torrens, one of the founding fathers of the city. The river side offers excellent views of the city and has restaurants, cafes and pubs all around where you can find locals relaxing in after work.
The History Trust of South Australia is part of a directorate that helps run three of Adelaide's major museums: the Migration Museum, the South Australian Maritime Museum at Port Adelaide and Birdwood's National Motor Museum. The Trust is based in a grand old building used for hosting formal functions and occasional Royal Society art exhibitions. It is worth a visit if only to admire the decorative splendour of 19th century Adelaide. The Trust supplies pamphlets on historic sites, heritage walks and tours; and promotes events and current exhibitions. A small bookshop supplements the larger collection at the city's Migration Museum. Entry is free.
Humidity-hungry plants thrive in the misty cocoon of the Bicentennial Conservatory-the largest glasshouse in the Southern Hemisphere. Rising in the east of the Botanic Garden like a glass crescent-moon, this unique hot-house is home to a wealth of rain-forest species native to tropical Queensland and the Pacific Islands. Take the upper walkway through lush rain-forest canopy or a lower walkway for forest-floor dwellers. With gentle rain falling into a forest pool it is almost possible to imagine the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest being right here in Adelaide!
Bounded by Torrens Lake, King William Road and the Festival Centre, Elder Park is the park closest to the city's heart. And if its happening in Adelaide festivals, concerts, rallies, firework-displays or exhibitions then it is often happening here. On quieter days many folk simply use the park to escape the office or throw down a blanket and laze a while in the sunshine. Toilets and a kiosk are located next to the Festival Center.
Opened in 1841, the gaol closed its doors to prisoners in 1988 and now fills with curious visitors. Highlights include the grim hanging tower, cell blocks, grave area, displays of artifacts, plus the colonial architecture and gargoyles. Visitors can wander around as they please, or take one of the regular guided tours they offer. A souvenir shop sells postcards, mugs and trinkets. The gaol is found in the western Adelaide parklands near the River Torrens. Do check the website for prices.
The Government House found in the capital city of South Australia, Adelaide, is the residence of the Governor of the state of South Australia and the oldest Government House in Australia. It began as a 'government hut' that was built by seamen in which Governor Hindmarsh and his family resided in 1837. His successor, Lieutenant Colonel George Gawler, he directed the construction of a two-storeyed mortar house in 1838, designed by George Strickland Kingston. It first came to be occupied in 1840 and has since been extended and housed successive Governors, their families and house guests. The grounds of the House are extensive and have been used for various ceremonies. Various prominent buildings are found in its vicinity. School and community tours are welcomed here.